Twitter, a microblogging and social networking site, had its activities in Nigeria banned indefinitely by the Federal Government on Friday.
Twitter’s suspension was announced in a Twitter message.
In a statement signed by his media aide Segun Adeyemi, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, confirmed the suspension.
The minister underlined the platform’s continued usage for activities that could jeopardize Nigeria’s corporate existence.
He also ordered the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to begin the process of licensing all OTT and social media businesses in Nigeria as soon as possible, according to the statement.
The President in a tweet on Tuesday threatened to deal with those bent on destroying Nigeria through insurrection.
He wrote, “Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”
Following significant disapproval of the tweet, the social media platform removed the remark on Wednesday.
Twitter claimed in a statement that the tweet breached company rules, necessitating its removal.